Kyle Wayne DinkhellerLaurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, January 12, 1998
Reflections for Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller
I just viewed the video on a site, needless to say, I'm heart broken. I appreciate cops more each time I read about things like this. My heart goes out to the family.
Deputy Dinkheller, you're my hero.
September 1, 2005
I just happen to come across this video on the internet. I’ve seen many terrible things but as of now I was never so horrified by such a tragedy as yours. My uncle is a retired state trooper and has always been very respected by me; now I have a new found respect for what he and all other officers and law enforcers have to go through. These people put their lives on the line for US! The people and to see them treated like this will give me many sleepless nights. I have FULL respect for laws in this country and for those who have chosen to enforce them.
Praise to your family and your friends I know now I’ll always remember you in my mind and have a recharged respect towards those who serve and protect.
August 31, 2005
I am the brother of a Deputy Sheriff in Bucks Co. Pensylvannia. I recently saw the video of this senseless act of a coward. As I heard your final screams of pain my heart felt like it stopped beating and tears poured from my eyes. I pray for your family and for your peace. No thanks could be enough for the sacrifice you and your family have made for the protection of all. But thanks and God Bless you and your family.
August 31, 2005
I want to wholeheartedly thank the brave souls who rid our streets of the human garbage ('take out the trash'). Timely shot placement was the missing component here during a few misused tenths of seconds. The video was shocking and greatly increases my respect for the challenges faced by law enforcement. Now, my hope is that justice will FINALLY be served. Thank you for your service!!!, Officer Dinkheller.
August 31, 2005
I have recently seen the video of Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller's last moments in life. I was deeply torn and hurt by this video; witnessing a good man go down like this. I wish to offer my condolences to his family and son. I am only 18, but I am thinking of becoming a law enforcing officer. This video has only made me strive harder to reach my goals and stop the madness that takes other people's liberties away.
August 30, 2005
I learned of the loss of this brave officer during training at the acadamy. I viewed the tape and I am very happy to know that justice was served on the coward that committed this crime.
You are forever in my prayers. Rest easy brother.
Hanover Park Police Department
August 29, 2005
GOD BLESS MEN SUCH AS THIS AND MAY HE KEEP THEIR FAMILIES SAFE!!THANK YOU DEPUTY DINKHELLER AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU BY HIS SIDE!!
August 27, 2005
I watched the in car video of the incident yesterday and i couldn´t sleep lastnight at all.What a terrible tragedy!I didn´t know Kyle but I wish i could have been there to back him up.He truly is a hero and his memory will stay alive everywhere in the world.I´m from Finland and also a brother in blue." Vahtivuoro on nyt meidän" as we say in Finland.The watch is our´s now, rest in peace Kyle.
Brother in blue from Finland
August 27, 2005
I SAW YOUR VIDEO IN MY ACADEMY CLASS. THREE PEOPLE DROPPED THE CLASS BECAUSE OF YOUR VIDEO, I GUESS REALITY HIT THEM ABOUT WHAT THIS PROFESSION IS ALL ABOUT, YOU LAID YOUR LIFE FOR ALL OF US TO LEARN THIS SAD LESSON. MAY CHRIST COMFORT YOUR FAMILY AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE WITH ALL HIS SAINTS.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT
August 17, 2005
I sat in In-Service training today and watched the tragic day that ended the life of a great deputy. To the family I want to say thank you for allowing we(Law Enforcement) to learn from this. I can promise you Deputy Dinkheller that by your lose you have helped to save countless others and that is a true HERO. Thank you.
Wake County Sheriff's Office
August 17, 2005
Kyle- It is hard to express what I feel about your death. I have shared your tragic experience in our academy, in hope to educate our officers to the realities of our job. You and your family are thought of and prayed for very often. I know there is one more angel shining down from heaven... and he wears a badge. Watch out for us.
Angela- as a police officer, the wife of police officer, and a mom... my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family often. May God Bless you and your children.
To Kyle's parents... You have suffered a parent's greatest fear. I am sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. I hope you will see Kyle, through the eyes of your grandchildren.
No one loved, is ever lost. They remain part of us. They live in us. Kyle was very loved; this is evident from his memorial.
God Bless you all.
Sergeant Mary J. Palka, instructor
August 4, 2005
Kyle & Family,
I recently saw your video while in my Police Academy. It hurt in a very deep way. Your death will not be in vain. The video I know has saved countless lives and will do so for decades to come. I thank you for your sacrifice and I pray for your family that the Lord will give them peace and comfort. At the end of the program it said that you had received Christ 2 weeks prior to the shooting. Heaven rejoiced as you were called home. Watch over us as we will strive to be the professional that you were.
Your Brother in Christ
July 30, 2005
I've known about the Officer Down Memorial Page for many years, but not until now have I felt compelled to leave a reflection. Today, as I scrolled through the many names..names of people I knew, my husband knew and those who I wish I had known, it made me sit back and think about how my husband could be one of those very people. As he goes to do the job he loves, his life is put on the line and I am forever in danger of losing the love of my life. For those like you, Kyle, who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who may have to face it one day, thank you for what you have done for us...thank you to all those who go out every day and every night to face the unknown for our protection. Friend, because of your sacrifice and the video which reflects it, many officers may live to come home to the families that love them. May God bless your precious family while you watch over them from above.
A Deputy's Wife
July 25, 2005
As I watch the video that you unwillingly left us, my mind screams for you to prevail. I wish I could have been there to help in some way. The lessons learned from your incident without question have saved many officers lives. Be proud of that!
Rest in peace brother.
And, THANK YOU for having such a big heart and for giving so many officers a the second chance at a life that you were robbed of.
July 17, 2005
I sit here after many years of seeing the video the day our brother in brown fell. As a Field Training Officer I remind my trainee of the video we have all seen and remind them that tomorrow is not promised. Rest well my brother, and to all who read this remember... The only thing neccisary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Stay Safe, Stay Hard.
Deputy Sheriff S.J.Ogles
Bartow Co. SO
June 16, 2005
I saw the entire video of your shooting today in a training class. I cannot describe in this forum what I felt. I pray for you, your family, friends and fellow officers. Rest in peace, my brother.
June 8, 2005
I WATCHED YOUR VIDEO IN MY ACADEMY CLASS BACK IN DECEMBER OF 04. MY CLASS OF 40 COULD NOT THINK STRAIGHT...WE WERE ALL VERY ANGRY AND FOR THE FIRST TIME REALITY HIT ALL OF US. I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU THOUGH I HAVE NEVER MET YOU. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT I AM ON MY FEET AND READY..
I STILL WATCH YOUR VIDEO ONCE IN AWHILE AS AN EYE OPENER.
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
May 27, 2005
Today I saw your video for the first time in training. Words cannot describe the emotions in the room as my co-workers and I watched the tragedy unfold. I pray that your family is able to take some comfort in knowing that you murderer will receive the justice that he deserves and that you fought to the end. Hopefully other officers will see your video and remember the lessons learned if ever their time comes.
US Park Ranger
National Park Service - Law Enforcement
May 25, 2005
hey brother, we have not forgotten about you as a matter of fact, you cross our minds daily. I hope your wife and kids are doing well and I hope you can watch and enjoy their growth from up there. god speed my brother
Deputy M. E. Lynn
Effingham County Sheriff's Office
May 24, 2005
I recently viewed Kyle's traffic stop in a training class. As the incident unfolded I thought of my own wife and son. I thought of Kyle's family and every other family who has Law Enforcement ties. I have 9 years on the street as a police officer. This has opened my eyes once again to the dangers we as police face daily. My first night on duty after the training class, I found myself approaching situations different thinking much more about officer safety. To Kyle's family my thoguhts are with you. Viewing this video will for ever change my out look on police work and the goal to make it home after each shift to my family. Kyle, you are now one of God's patrolman now watching over all of us. Thank you brother for your bravery. God bless your family.
Officer Ed Morris
Edgewood Police - KY
April 30, 2005
I have watched, on sever occasions, your in car video from that horrific day. I have watched many heart-wrenching videos, but I cry for you. I have always immagined what I would do if it came down to me protecting my own life by taking the life af another. I like to think that I wouldn't hesitate, but you have shown me that you'll never know until you're there.
Begining my training, I thought that I was tough an dcould take on anything, but watching you, I found myself suddenly unsure. However, Kyle, someday you will have helped me (as well as many other officers, I am sure). If it ever comes to m ylife or the life of a man threatining me, I will remember you.
Rest well, dear Kyle.
Ohio University-Criminal Justice Student, Southern Ohio POlice Academy
April 18, 2005
I am 24 years old and I have been a police officer for almost three years. Recently, I started with another department in which I am going through another academy. The other day I, along with my classmates, sat and watched helplessly at the video.
This was the first time seeing the video and it made a huge impact in my life. Your sacrifice was not in vain and the killer will be punished rightly so in, and after this life.
We all talked about the fact that we would give up everything if we could have been there to change the direction of the events that happened. We all saw ourselves in your shoes that day, and prayed that it would never be us. However, it was you and know this; you will be remembered for your life and your family. If your family does view this in times to come, I pray for you and wish only the best in the rest of your life. You, too, are courageous for what you have endeared. You, too, are part of our family across the nation and the world. We still cry with you as the days pass. And for some reason, I try to picture how to tell your children how their young father passed away.
That night I could not forget the actions of the cold-blooded killer and how methodical he was. Scary, very scary, how calm and precise his actions were. I truly believe that many officers never would have thought that something like that could happen, but it did. And with this video, you have saved many officers' lives.
Also true to my heart is the following passage that is displayed many times on this site. However, I say it with pride knowing that you are up in heaven watching over us as we continue to fight for the good of mankind.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."
Rest in peace my brother. You will never be forgotten.
April 15, 2005
I saw your video today in a criminal justice class. I know law enforcement is the field for me, but your video is a real gut check. I can't say anything that hasn't been said, but I hope you and your family know your death wasn't in vain. I can only hope if I am ever faced with the horrific situation you were I can be as brave as you were the whole way through. Your welcome to ride with me anytime, I could use the help. God speed.
KY Trooper Hopeful
April 9, 2005
I am in a police academy and today we watched your tape. I just wanted to say that you are a true hero and have saved and will save countless officer's lives. I will never forget the lessons learned from watching your video. Rest in peace my brother.
Jailer Jimmy Hill
McCulloch County Sheriff's Office
March 18, 2005
Hey Dink, Me and Skinner always talk about you, since we all went to Mandate together. We all watched the video, and couldnt believe our eyes and ears. It changed our lives forever, and we miss you Kyle. I still remember the question you asked in mandate about using a monkey while committing a burglary. We still laugh about that one.I hope your family is OK and we all know where you are, and we will 10-19 one day to see you.....
Putnam County Sheriff GA
March 17, 2005
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